dailyactress:

Naomi Watts

dailyactress:

Nicole Beharie – Entertainment Weekly’s SDCC 2014 Celebration

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elladastinkardiamou:

Haris Alexiou - Theos an einai

dailyactress:

Hayley Atwell

dailyactress:

Jennifer Lopez

chicagotribune:

Congressman confuses U.S. officials with foreigners

The most popular story at our office today:

Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) mistakenly assumed two U.S. government officials were representatives of the Indian government.

neurosciencestuff:

What sign language teaches us about the brain

The world’s leading humanoid robot, ASIMO, has recently learnt sign language. The news of this breakthrough came just as I completed Level 1 of British Sign Language (I dare say it took me longer to master signing than it did the robot!). As a neuroscientist, the experience of learning to sign made me think about how the brain perceives this means of communicating.

For instance, during my training, I found that mnemonics greatly simplified my learning process. To sign the colour blue you use the fingers of your right hand to rub the back of your left hand, my simple mnemonic for this sign being that the veins on the back of our hand appear blue. I was therefore forming an association between the word blue (English), the sign for blue (BSL), and the visual aid that links the two. However, the two languages differ markedly in that one relies on sounds and the other on visual signs.

Do our brains process these languages differently? It seems that for the most part, they don’t. And it turns out that brain studies of sign language users have helped bust a few myths.

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cracked:

If you laughed at that picture, you learned your astronomy in a better, older time.

5 Bafflingly Prudish Moments in History

#5. We Needed a Less-Naughty Pronunciation of “Uranus”

I remember learning about Uranus as a kid, and everyone laughed, and then we stopped, because, y’know, even though it’s a damn fine joke — because it sounds like a body part, get it — it got old at around 9 years old. But apparently scientists and newscasters got tired of seeming silly, so they changed the pronunciation of “Uranus.” Oh, let me help you: “URAN-us,” which, as it turns out, still has “urine” in it, so it’s still kind of funny, but not as funny as “your anus.”

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cjwho:

House in Yagi, Hiroshima, Japan by Suppose Design Office | via

On a narrow site Suppose Design Office created the ‘House in Yagi’ which consists almost entirely of concrete. The idea was to have an incomplete/complete form. Unlike other projects, the final stage of construction for this house was not aiming towards a finish stage, but to let the owner experience the sense of completion after living here.

The interior space of the house is designed to maximize the interaction to its surrounding environment. Ground floor material remained the same as the original site, with a single tree standing in the centre to present a natural contrast with the surrounding area.
Windows of the 1st storey are kept open without any window shield or glass and creates an interesting interaction with wind and rain. Through this different interpretation of connecting the exterior and interior space, new ways of living can be explored by the client.

Photography: Toshiyuki Yano

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